Thousands of illegal immigrants at a squalid makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas, are being provided rations by US volunteers, who have described the scenes on the ground as a “fourth world country.”
Images emerged Tuesday of hundreds of migrants forming lines inside the camp at the Del Rio International Bridge as the Biden administration faces an unprecedented crisis at the US-Mexico border.
The migrants — mostly from Haiti — appeared to be receiving items from a tent inside the camp, according to aerial images of the scene.
Volunteers from Del Rio churches and humanitarian groups say they have been providing food, water and diapers to migrants amid fears of a shortage of supplies.
“It looked like a Third World country, maybe even a fourth world country, if there is one,” Shon Young, president of the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition, told KSAT.
Matt Mayberry, pastor of City Church Del Rio, added that they have provided “much-needed items like water, juice, snacks, sandwiches, baby food and diapers” to illegal immigrants and US Border Patrol agents.
More than 14,000 people have been camping out in squalid conditions under the Del Rio International Bridge since last week, waiting to be processed after streaming across the US border via the Rio Grande.
Images emerged Sunday of Border Patrol agents on horseback trying to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country as the US set up deportation flights in a bid to control the growing crisis.
Four hundred Border Patrol agents are also being sent to Del Rio to help restore order.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said about 6,000 Haitian illegal immigrants had been removed from the camp and more were expected to leave on four flights on Tuesday.
“We are moving more migrants very quickly to other processing centers so that we can ensure their security and safety and the security and safety of the community,” Mayorkas told CNN.
“We are repatriating individuals, we expect to see dramatic change in the next 48 to 96 hours.”
Mayorkas said he was “horrified” by images of agents on horseback but stopped short of calling the border situation a crisis.
He also denied that agents used whips to prevent Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande to reach the encampment.
With Post wires